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Little Angel, Bring Me Joy

Usman Saparov, Turkmenistan, 1993; 88m
Little Angel, Bring Me Joy
Usman Saparov's story of German emigrants living peacefully in pre-WWII Turkmenistan, suddenly scourged and displaced with the outbreak of war. The film centers around a child named Georg who escapes capture and placement in an orphanage. As he tries to make sense of what's going on around him, and why people who were once his friends are now treating him with contempt, he awaits the traditional "Baby Angel" of Easter, who he believes will protect him. Like the post-war classic Forbidden Games, LITTLE ANGEL, BRING ME JOY is a devastatingly direct vision of war and its consequences, witnessed through the eyes of a child.